Trenton, NJ (July 6, 2007)- New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine signed the “Global Warming Response Act,” distinguishing his state as the third in the union to enact a comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction law. The legislation requires the state to reduce global warming gases to 1990 levels by 2020, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050.
Former Vice President Al Gore was present when the bill was signed. Passage of these laws can “inspire hope and build the enthusiasm necessary to get this crisis solved…. It’s great to be able to tell ’em in every country that … state governments are beginning to take the lead, cities are beginning to take the lead, and citizens of this country are beginning to take the lead,” Gore said. “This is a very, very important day for the state of New Jersey,” said Corzine. “We are making a long-lived commitment today that will impact not just our generation but future generations.”
Some businesses are critical of the new law. “New Jersey acting alone is not going to solve global warming,” said Sara Bluhm, assistant vice president for energy affairs with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. “Instead of setting arbitrary goals, the governor could do something today to help businesses remain competitive by releasing funds for energy audits,” Bluhm said.
In spite of such criticism, the bill passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature. California and Hawaii have adopted similar laws, and eight other states are considering them.
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